Charlestown’s Matt Grzelcyk, a former Charlestown Youth Hockey player, on Friday signed a two-year entry level contract with the Boston Bruins, who drafted him in 2012.
Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced the news on Friday, April 1, that the team has signed the Boston University defenseman to a two-year entry-level contract, beginning with the 2016-17 season. Grzelcyk will join the Providence Bruins on an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.
Grzelcyk served as captain of the Boston University Terriers for the second straight season in 2015-16, finishing the year with 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points with 36 penalty minutes and a plus-17 rating in 27 games. The 22-year-old defenseman was also named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star for the second consecutive season. In 2014-15, Grzelcyk skated in 41 games, recording 10 goals and 28 assists for 38 points with 36 penalty minutes and a plus-32 rating. In addition to serving as captain and being named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star, he earned CCM First-Team All-American honors and was fourth in the nation in points per game among defenseman (0.95). Over his four-year collegiate career, Grzelcyk appeared in 124 games for Boston University, tallying 26 goals and 68 assists for 94 points.
Prior to attending BU, he spent two seasons in Ann Arbor, Michigan with the U.S. National Development Team from 2010-12. Grzelcyk also skated in 60 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2011-12, scoring three goals and adding 20 assists for 23 points.
The Charlestown native was originally selected by the Bruins in the third round (85th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.